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Coordination and Parallelism

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Coordination and Parallelism ENGL 2161

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These notes cover information on coordination and conjunctions, including definitions and examples.
Grammar for Writing
Abby Dobbs
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Date Created: 02/25/16
Coordination and Parallelism Coordination  Coordinating conjunctions are used to join two or more clauses, phrases or words. FANBOYS: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so Ex: Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz effectively tied for second in the South Carolina primary.  For the most part, the coordinating units should have the same grammatical structure and syntactic function. Ex: My grandfather was colored, my father was Negro, and I am black. Correlative conjunctions  Syntactic units are also joined with correlative conjunctions: Both/and, either/or, neither/nor, not/but, not only/but  Correlative conjunctions give greater emphasis to the second unit Ex: The violin brings not only great heartache but also great joy.  Correlative conjunctions also connect units that have the same grammatical structure and syntax. Editing for Parallelism  Are the units grammatically similar? Full tuition (noun phrase), health insurance (noun phrase), an assistantship stipend (noun phrase)  Do units fit in the same slot in the sentence? Each assistantship is valued and includes full tuition, health insurance and assistantship stipend Ex: Each assistantship is valued at 36,000 to 45,000 and includes full tuition, health insurance and an assistantship stipend. Ex: Incorrect- He will probably be admitted to Officer Candidate School because he is young, strong, he can work hard and he has a good education. Ex: Incorrect- Koda is a strikingly handsome dog and loyal. “Koda is a strikingly handsome dog and loyal companion.” Commas  Separates two independent clauses conjoined with a coordinate conjunction Ex: Kevin ate a piece of pie, and drank a glass of milk.  Separates items in a list, three or more. Semicolon  Connects two independent clauses ( of equal) Ex: The advertising flyer came out in today’s paper; the shelves are stocked.  Separates conjuncts in a list when those conjuncts contain commas themselves. Ex: I hope to visit the following places: Lima, Peru; Paris, France; and Barcelona. Colon  Signals a forthcoming list or explanation Ex: Three features of your writing will be graded: content, organization, and style.  A colon must be preceded by a complete sentence (what comes before the colon HAS to be a complete sentence) Dash  Set off explanatory or parenthetical information from main sentence. They are often interchangeable with commas or a colon but draw more attention to the parenthetical material.  Signals an important break in thought  They may be used instead of commas when the parenthetical information contains commas.


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